2014 has been a good year for the Tiger Cross Country team, and the season concluded at the State Championships near Lawrence on October 31. The girls team of Katie Sullivan, Madison Bissell, Mackenzie Forbes, Maddison Forbes, Caitlin Fuller, Beba Scholz, and Erin Hamilton competed well with the top runners in the state, placing 5th as a team. Madison Bissell received alll-state honors with her 8th place individual finish.
The team wishes to express their appreciation to the many fans who came to support them at the state meet. Thank you to all the students, administrators, friends, and family members who braved the cold wind to offer encouragement to the runners.
Regional cross country races were held Saturday, October 25. Our Tigers raced at Leonardville, KS in very warm conditions for this time of year.
Nick Hager and Tyler Drimmel were the only boys we had competing. Each ran well but did not qualify for state.
The girls took 3rd place as a team, earning a trip to the state competition. Madison Bissell had a 5th place individual finish. Other members of the qualifying team are Beba Scholz, Maddison Forbes, Mackenzie Forbes, Erin Hamilton, Caitlin Fuller, and Katie Sullivan.
Also deserving mention is Jack Siebert. He competed all year as part of the ACCHS team as part of our cooperative agreement with Maur Hill-Mount Academy. He ran Saturday for MH-MA and qualified for state with a 7th place finish.
The Tiger Cross Country Team was finally able to compete on October 16 in the Big 7 Championship. After 3 weeks without a race, our athletes ran very well.
All-League performers for the varsity girls were Madison Bissell 3rd, Beba Scholz 5th, Maddison Forbes 12th, and Mackenzie Forbes 13th. Other girls running in the varsity race were Erin Hamilton, Caitlin Fuller, and Katie Sullivan. They finished 2nd as a team.
Mason Curry earned a 7th place medal in the JV Girls race.
For the Varsity Boys, Jack Siebert finished 3rd. Nick Hager and Tyler Drimmel also competed.
Both the Horton Invitational and Sabetha Invitational were cancelled due to rain. Neither meet will be rescheduled.
Madison Bissell, Caitlin Fuller, Erin Hamilton, Beba Scholz, and Katie Sullivan participated in the Rim Rock High School Classic on September 27. It was a great learning experience as they raced against 277 other girls in their division at one of the largest cross country meets in the nation. There were over 3300 total runners in 13 divisions from more than 150 schools. In addition to Kansas and Missouri, there were schools representing Iowa, Arkansas, and Colorado.
On September 25th our runners travelled to Seneca for the Nemaha Central Invitational. Several good performances were turned in.
The 7th grade team started us off with several medals. Victoria Caplinger was 1st and Shelby Scholz 2nd for the girls. Colton Scholz earned a 5th place medal and Caleb Barnes was 7th for the boys.
We had three high school girls competing, with all three receiving medals. Maddison Forbes was 7th, Mackenzie Forbes 10th, and Erin Hamilton 19th.
Jack Siebert received a 4th place medal in the high school boys division. Karl Scholz, Nick Hager, Kaleb Giles, and Tyler Drimmel also participated.
The Tiger Cross Country team competed very well at the Hiawatha Invitational on Thursday, September 18.
For the 7th Grade, Victoria Caplinger finished the girls race in 1st place. Colton Scholz received a 10th place medal in the boys race, and Caleb Barnes ran well with a new personal best time.
Mason Curry ran her best time ever and earned a 7th place medal in the girls JV race.
the varsity girls took 3rd place, with everyone setting a new personal best for the year. Medalists were Madison Bissel 4th, Beba Scholz 11th, Maddison Forbes 13th, and Mackenzie Forbes 21st. Erin Hamilton, Katie Sullivan, and Caitlin Fuller raced well and made significant improvements over previous races.
The boys varsity also made big improvements. Jack Siebert was our only medalist with a 4th place finish. Karl Scholz, Tyler Drimmel, Kaleb Giles, and Nick Hager also ran very well.
The Junior High runners competed at the Jackson Heights Middle School Invitational on Monday, September 15. The weather was perfect for the race, and our young athletes did well. Shelby Scholz improved her time by more than a minute over the previous race. Caleb Barnes ran in his first competition and finished strong. Colton Scholz ran well but came up just a little short of medaling. Victoria Caplinger received a 2nd place medal for her efforts.
The Tiger runners performed well on September 11 at the Holton Invitational Cross County Meet. The weather was much improved over the previous week, but the course was far more challenging.
For the 7th grade girls, Victoria Caplinger was 1st and Shelby Scholz 6th. Colton Scholz was 7th in the boys race.
In the JV girls race, Erin Hamilton placed 8th in her first 4k competition.
The high school girls varsity team placed 3rd. Individual medalists were Madison Bissell 3rd, Beba Scholz 14th, and Maddison Forbes 17th. Mackenzie Forbes was 21st, just missing a medal. Caitlin Fuller, Katie Sullivan, and Mason Curry completed the team and performed well.
In the boys varsity race Jack Siebert finished 5th with a new personal best time. Kaleb Giles, Nick Hager, and Karl Scholz all showed major improvements over the previous week.
The next race will be the Hiawatha Invitational on September 18th.
On September 4th the Tiger Cross Country Team competed at the Jeff West Invitational. It was a hot day and the competition was tough, but our runners competed well.